Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Friday, May 3, 2024, | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET

Caron Philadelphia Outpatient Treatment Center
401 Plymouth Rd #325, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


This 6-hour live workshop introduces and expands participants' knowledge and competence utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) in addiction treatment settings.

The ASAM Motivational Interviewing Workshop is an engaging and interactive practice-based workshop designed to introduce and expand participants' knowledge and competence utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) in addiction treatment settings. MI is a goal-oriented, collaborative counseling style that evokes a person's own motivations for and commitment to change.

Physicians, clinicians, counselors, and all those speaking with patients with addiction often find that one of the main barriers to effective treatment is the patients' perceived lack of motivation to make changes. Without motivation on the patient's part, making or sustaining progress with treatment goals frequently stalls. MI is one technique that treatment clinicians can utilize to help patients make positive changes. Participants of this workshop will be introduced or reintroduced to the key concepts and skills of MI and explore ways to effectively integrate MI into addiction treatment to help promote positive patient outcomes.

The target audience for this introductory level activity includes Physicians, Nurse Practitioners/Nurses, Physician Assistants, Counselors, and Other healthcare providers.

This activity addresses the following ACGME Competencies: Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-Based Practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply the spirit of MI to clinical practice
  2. Organize clinical communications attending to the four foundational tasks of MI (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning)
  3. Compare and contrast MI congruent interactions with MI dissonant interactions
  4. Recognize, respond, and evoke change talk and understand sustain talk
  5. Apply the basic MI skills of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries to selectively reinforce change talk
  6. Identify further training opportunities for practicing the skills of MI


  • Welcome & Workshop Overview: 9:00 am – 9:10 am
  • Session 1: Helping People Change and Grow: 9:10 am – 10:00 am
  • Session 2: Practicing Motivational Interviewing (Part 1) 10:00 am – 10:45 am
  • Break: 10:45 am – 11:00 am
  • Session 2: Practicing Motivational Interviewing (Part 2) 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Session 3: A Deeper Dive Into MI 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm
  • 15-Minute Break 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Session 4: Learning and Studying MI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Workshop Wrap-Up & Final Questions 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

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Carla Marienfeld

Carla Marienfeld, MD, DFAPA, FASAM

Carla Marienfeld, MD, is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego who supports recovery in an evidence-based, harm-reduction approach through therapy, motivational interviewing, and medication treatment. Her research involves the analysis of electronic medical record data for individuals with substance use disorders. She has authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, practice guidelines, and invited commentaries, and she edited two books: Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice and Absolute Addiction Psychiatry Review: An essential board exam study guide. She has been highly involved in the education of colleagues and trainees about addiction psychiatry and effective interventions including buprenorphine treatment and motivational interviewing, and she is the fellowship director for the UCSD Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Marienfeld completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry and residency training in psychiatry at Yale. During her residency, she was chief resident of psychiatry and founded (and later led) the Yale Global Mental Health Program. She earned a medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Brian Hurley

Brian Hurley, MD, M.B.A., DFASAM, FAPA

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, FAPA, DFASAM is an addiction physician and the Medical Director of the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Brian currently serves as President of the ASAM Board of Directors. He chairs the 2021 Strategic Planning Task Force; he also serves as a member of ASAM’s Medical Education Council, Finance Council and other committees. He chairs the Los Angeles County SafeMedLA Medications for Addiction Treatment Action Team, and is the Clinical Director of the Addiction Treatment Starts Here programs through the Center for Care Innovations, focused on increasing the delivery of medications for addiction treatment in California’s community health centers.

He is a senior researcher at the Friends Research Institute; and is a primary investigator on a Tobacco-Related Disease Prevention Program-funded project integrating smoking cessation services into community mental health centers and patient-centered medical homes. Additionally, Dr. Hurley is the grant lead for several Medications for Addiction Treatment Access Points projects funded by the Sierra Health Foundation supporting access to medications for addiction treatment across Los Angeles County.

Brian completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and, is an alumnus of the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the New York University Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Additionally, he has served in various roles for the Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine, New York Society of Addiction Medicine, and California Society of Addiction Medicine.

Kate Appleman

Kate Appleman, MA, MBA, LPC, CAADC, CSAT, CCS

Kate Appleman is the Senior Director, Clinical Practice and Professional Development, with a major focus on improving programs that support Caron's clinical teams.

Since 2013, Kate has been active in program development, supporting the development of evidence-based clinical programming for executives, healthcare professionals, attorneys, and those with an opioid addiction. Her areas of expertise include motivational interviewing, working with family systems impacted by addiction, relapse treatment and prevention, and men's addiction treatment and recovery.

Prior to taking on this role in 2022, she was senior clinical director of men's services, overseeing treatment programs and services and building a strong foundation for staff growth and professional development.

Kate’s tenure at Caron has allowed her to receive training in addiction interaction disorder (AID) and certifications in clinical supervision, advanced alcohol and drug counseling, and sex and multiple addictions. She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, in 2006; a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, in 2010; and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2021 from Penn West University.

  1. Register and attend this activity in person at the Caron Treatment Provider's Plymouth Meeting Place.
  2. Click Complete Post Test to answer multiple choice questions. Participants will have 10 attempts to pass and must answer 18 out of 25 questions correctly.
  3. Click Complete Evaluation to provide valuable activity feedback. Scroll down on all questions as there may be answer options that expand past the size of the window.
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